HERE is the Yahoo News story.
I an not going to segue into some prophetic sign of how the End Times are upon is. Much more interesting, and relevant, are the comments on the article by some 3,500+ readers.
Here is one by Joshua - "God and Jesus was just made up in a book too. Same with Lucifer and every other angel. Anyone who says Zues is just made up cant prove it. Nor can anyone prove Jesus or God is too. Anyone can write a book and make up some higher being and some poor fools will buy into it."
This is one of my favorites from What122: "I wonder if their insurance will cover it, or will the insurance company say it was an act of God?"
One commenter characterizes Christianity by using the Bible against itself. Ben: "Well, Jesus did warn us of false profits. It seems obvious to me that he was referring to himself."
Susan presents a more fundamental Christian viewpoint: "Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: This would include an "image" or "likeness" of Jesus Christ according to scripture."
And one more regarding the use of $250,000 to build the now fried Jesus statue from Exhort: "To all those that say this was a waste of money - what have you done with your money?"
My take is that a lightening rod would have been a good investment for such a large and costly sculpture. Does this act of nature or God have any spiritual significance? I don't know.
Does God have an opinion about sculptures on, or in churches? Yes - but only if they themselves are idols. As a student of music and fine art, I have studied hundreds of religious works of art. Even as a Protestant, I have seen quite a few stained glass windows in my day. In Europe, the Caribbean, South America and the US, the likenesses of Jesus, Mary, the Apostles and other Bible characters are depicted in translucent and iridized glass. Some of them are stunning!
I do believe that the manicured American church has a problem idolizing other things: pastors, worship leaders, Mary, the Apostle Paul, the traditions of man, and even the Bible as if it is somehow God in print.
Symbols are good. The statue of Liberty and the American flag, are a good examples. Symbolism is deeply rooted in Christianity: oil, salt, wine, bread, blood, and the cross; with, or without a suffering Jesus, are all symbols meant to remind us of the different aspects of the charcter of God.
Do I think that a quarter of a million could have been better spent? If it was God's choice, no. If not, yes. The leadership of that church is accountable to God, and my opinion is too.
I have a heart for lots of things: the poor, missions, and youth, just to name a few. If I had a 1/4 mil, I would want to spend it on those things. However; if I don't hear from God, I wouldn't know how to spend it. I have lots of ideas on local ministry, but without God's revelation, it doesn't matter. Because I happen to think that my ideas are so cool, here are a few:
- Buy a snowplow so that your church could take care of widows, disabled and elderly folks driveways. And you could get the church lot done too. Or lawn mowers if you live in the deep south.
- Buy a used limo and pick-up new kids up for youth group.
- Sponser a couple of yearly mission trips to serve the truly poor.
- Put your own Bibles in the local hotels.
- Hire a lost sheep pastor for go after the 1 and leave the 99. (nearly 40% of all Christians do not fellowship weekly)
- Have free community dinners once a month.
- The news says that the sculpture will be resurrected. I wouldn't do it.
As born again Christians we need to become vessels of grace and channels of God's power. How would you do it?
It appears there is a video too.